Monday, June 12, 2017

Meeting Someone in the 22nd Century or Until the Gears Quit Turning, by Jennifer Pullen

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(Near-Future SF) Greg loves Sandra at first sight. Even when she claims to be a cyborg, it doesn’t put him off. (4,456 words; Time: 14m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"Meeting Someone in the 22nd Century or Until the Gears Quit Turning," by (edited by Tricia Reeks and Kyle Anderson), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: Each section has its own plot, although the overarching one is Greg’s efforts to make a family with Sandra. At the end, they've achieved that, albeit at a cost.

We definitely feel Greg’s joy and pain at each development. Extra points for the detailed descriptions of Greg’s apprehension and insecurity just working up the nerve to ask Sandra out.

Con: The story veers from science fiction to fantasy when Sandra starts having children who are missing the same parts that she’s had replaced. Greg is a bit of a wimp, so not the ideal protagonist.

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